The top 3 wines to liven up your Easter feast
We've consulted the experts and come up trumps for your festive plonk
Having everyone around for an Easter feast? Or are you the lucky one who escapes the cooking bit and only has to bring a bottle? Whatever camp you’re in this weekend, how about livening up the wine choices with a few more seasonal bottles of the vine kind? Over to you, Ian Renwick of the brilliant Jaded Palates Wines, in Chagford and Ashburton. Cheers, everyone!
Having grown up primarily in the city (and a sub-tropical city at that), I always find the change of seasons in the UK wonderful. Ok, “changeable” seems to mostly be a euphemism for “rubbishy and rainy”, but at least you have the prospect of something different at the end of all that.
Obviously, this year, with our remarkably long and snowy winter, we’re probably all looking forward to Spring just that little bit more [err, understatement!]. And despite the prospect of still chilly weather over the Easter holidays, I thought it was time to make some suggestions for more Spring-like wines to go with the masses of lamb we love to eat over this period (although they will be just as effective with good mushroom or nut-based vegetarian dishes too!).
It may be obvious, but it’s worth saying that lighter, brighter weather means more delicate, fresher wines. Especially in the reds as we move away from those richer, fuller Malbecs, Shirazes and hearty Spanish types. On top of that, roast lamb is actually a fairly delicate meat. So here are a few suggestions for all budgets, which would grace any table, or be a perfect Easter bring-along wine:
Reserve de Fleur Cotes du Rhone (£8.90) – a lovely light, Syrah-based Cotes du Rhone which is bright, cheery and has just a hint of fun, spicy pepperiness.
La Crotta di Vegneron Gamay (£13.90) – Gamay is the Beaujolais grape, so it’s a little richer than Pinot Noir, and with a wonderful earthiness that is particularly good with vegetable dishes. This is actually an Italian version from the very northern, Alpine part of the country. It’s delicious.
Oliver Zeter Pinot Noir Reserve (£22.90) – German wines, and in particular their reds, are really due a resurgence. This Pinot would not be out of place in a line-up of some serious Burgundies, for a fraction of their cost. This is beautifully balanced, incredibly smooth and just intensely easy to drink!
Of course, if you’re having something completely different for Easter, or fancy something altogether alternative, just give us a call or drop us a line, and we’re always happy to chat wine and provide some suggestions.